Port of New York and New Jersey is Reopened

The Port of New York and New Jersey  reopened all six of its marine container terminals on Tuesday after being shut down for the past week following the devastating hurricane Sandy, reported yesterday the magazine DC Velocity.

Please be advised that starting from Monday , November 5th,  until further notice the Port of Virginia accepts only loaded containers at its facilities while the empty containers must be brought  to yards in Portsmouth and Norfolk, VA, in an effort to accommodate cargo that has been diverted away from the Northeast,VA.

Port officials said they have expanded the Portsmouth yard to accommodate equipment-repositioning efforts and to handle the normal flow of empty containers.

Please note, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) has waived its driver “hours-of-service” requirements. Drivers and equipment will be allowed to work longer-than-usual hours in order to rush supplies to storm-stricken areas.

Current hours-of-service regulations require drivers to drive no more than 11 continuous hours before stopping and to complete all on-duty work within a 14-hour period.

To add to that, Connecticut, New Jersey, and Illinois have lifted their weight limits for trucks operating on interstate highways. The moves allow trucks to operate with a gross vehicle weight—tractor, trailer, and cargo—of more than 80,000 pounds.

New Jersey has raised its weight limit to 100,000 pounds for trucks carrying fuel, food, and water and to 120,000 pounds for vehicles moving heavy and oversized consignments like generators. Connecticut raised its weight limit to 92,000 pounds for all items.

The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey has waived tolls on its bridges, tunnels, and crossings for commercial vehicles travelling between New York and New Jersey. In addition, tolls on vehicles engaged in relief work travelling on the New Jersey Turnpike and the Garden State Parkway have also been relieved. Pennsylvania has taken similar steps for duly authorized vehicles traveling on its toll roads.

All these measures have been done to deliver relief equipment and supplies to storm -affected areas.